The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 25, 2012

Vikings will get 1or 2 seed while Cougars, Warriors travel

Van Holland

TARBORO — Now that the ADM's (Average Daily Memberships) have been updated by the NCHSAA and the projected playoff brackets have been realigned there are changes to all three county teams seedings. These projections were updated by the state Wednesday and are correct, but it doesn't mean this is exactly who each team will play but if everything holds firm Friday then the projections will hold up.

The ADM determines which classification you play in during the playoffs in just football. There is two divisions in each class which is broken down into a small A and a double A. The ADM gives a number of how many students each school has attending their respective school during certain days of the year and is averaged out and those numbers are broken down into the classes that teams will play in the playoffs.

The Tarboro Vikings will be either a No. 1 or 2 seed, since there is only one more undefeated team in the 2-A classification in the playoffs besides Tarboro, which is Edenton Holmes. They moved Northside Jacksonville to the 2-AA because of their number of students.

If Tarboro gets the No. 1 seed then they will be at home throughout the playoffs until the state championship game. If they get the No. 1 seed then they host the Beddingfield Bruins. If that works out this way, it will be two weeks in a row that Tarboro will play Beddingfield because they travel there Friday night to play their final regular season game.

If the Vikings get the No. 2 seed then they will host a home game in the first three rounds and will open up the playoffs against one of three teams, Louisburg, Kinston or Bertie.

For the SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars, they will not play at home in the first round as projected earlier. They are going to receive either a No. 12 or 13 seed and will travel to play Topsail which will be pegged a No. 9 or 10 seed. Topsail has a 7-3 record while the Cougars are 5-5.

Also in the same bracket with the Cougars will be North Pitt, which will be a No. 7 or 8 seed and Northside Jacksonville who will be the No. 1 or 2 seed and they will host Roanoke Rapids in the first round. The winner to that game will play the winner of the Cougars game.

The North Edgecombe Warriors have been put in the Mideast 1-A bracket as a No. 11 or 12 seed and will play the No. 8 seed Lejeune, which is who knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs last year. Lejeune has a 5-5 record.

Also in the Warriors bracket will be No. 5 seed East Columbus and No. 15 or 16 seed Rosewood. The winner of the Warriors game will play the winner of the East Columbus and Rosewood game.

All three coaches are excited about making the playoffs and are looking forward to getting their teams where they need to be before the playoffs start Nov. 2.